An alpine lily growing at heights ranging from 5,000-10,000 feet from the Californian Sierra Nevada to the Cascade Mountains in southern Oregon; mostly along the banks of streams and in wet glacial meadows. From the small rhizomatous bulbs rises a3-4 feet long which bears small, June/July-blooming, erect, bell-shaped, brown-spotted of cither yellow, orange or red (depending on altitude). Requires free-draining, sandy damp soil rich in humus, and multiplies without difficulty from both and bulb-scales.
Capable of cross-with L. parryi and L. pardalinum. L. parvum var. crocatum has pure-orange-yellow, crimson-spotted, bell-shaped flowers without any red. (NALS-LYB 1952)